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Science  03 Oct 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6205, pp. 14-16
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6205.14

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In science news around the world, Japan's Mount Ontake erupts, killing at least 30 people; a massive overhaul is coming for the Chinese Academy of Sciences; tests of a new Ebola vaccine are stalled by intellectual property and insurance issues; U.S. federally funded academic scientists who work with any of 15 dangerous microbes or toxins will now have to flag specific studies that could be used to cause harm; human-caused climate change is found to be responsible for the 2013 heat wave in Australia; the United States creates a marine megareserve in the Pacific Ocean; and more. Also, a 52-million-year-old fossil beetle that secreted a substance appealing to ants may represent the oldest known example of social parasitism. And "plasma bubbles" may have contributed to a communications blackout that indirectly led to a deadly battle between U.S. and al-Qaida forces in 2002, part of the War in Afghanistan.